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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Gustavus Adolphus College 2005

Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W College Ave
St Peter, MN 56082

Year: 2005
Teacher(s): Michele Koomen

Adult Monarchs and Types of Flowers

Johnson L

We were starting to plant a butterfly/wildlife garden. We wondered if certain flowers attracted monarch butterflies more than other flowers. We placed a large tent up in the sun outside with four different flowers in vases in the tent (Echinacea, Black-Eyed Susan, Zinnia and Yarrow). We found that the monarch butterflies visited the Black-eyed Susan more often than the other flower types. With the results of this experiment, we are wondering if adding fertilizer to the water in the vases would make a difference.

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